While snoring is a common problem for many people, it can also be a sign of other major health complications. It's estimated that more than 80 million people in North America snore while sleeping, which affects not only the quality of sleep of the person snoring but also the quality of rest of their loved ones. Luckily, there's a way to treat chronic snoring.
Snoring can be the result of several factors. Typically, snoring is caused by the relaxing of the muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth, making the air passage smaller. The decrease in space through the airway makes it harder for each breath to get through, and when it does get through, it moves over the soft tissues in the mouth and throat and causes a vibration that results in the snoring sound. Other causes of snoring may include:
If you snore at night, then a mandibular advancement device (MAD) may represent a solution and a better night's sleep! The MAD is a specially designed dental device that gently helps keep the lower jaw, or mandible, in a forward position, increasing the space between the airway passage and helping you breathe better so you can get a full, quiet night's sleep.
Some devices also stop the tongue from falling back over your windpipe. Your dentist will fit these individual appliances to meet your condition.
Yes! A mandibular advancement device is made to be comfortable so that you can sleep without even noticing you're wearing it. It doesn't prevent you from breathing with your mouth open and will also eliminate snoring for patients with sinus congestion or allergies. You may experience some slight stiffness of the jaw for the first few mornings after wearing the device, but this feeling is only temporary and will go away after you wake up and remove the device.
To learn more about a mandibular advancement device, call (703) 214-3312 and schedule an appointment and consultation.